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1742]                   To Horace Mann                     189
lending or being broken; that he knew some who had been broken, though they had both bowed and bended. Waller defended Dodington, and said, if he was guilty, at least Mr. Winnington was so too; on which Fox rose up, and, laying his hand on his breast, said he never wished to have such a friend, as could only excuse him by bringing in another for equal share of his guilt. Sir John Cotton replied, he did not wonder that Mr. Fox (who had spoken with great warmth) was angry at hearing his friend in place compared to one out of place. Do but figure how Dodington must have looked and felt during such dialogues ! In short, it ended in Mr. Pulteney's rising, and saying, he could not be against the latter words, as he thought the former part of the motion had been proved; and wished both parties would join in carrying on the war vigorously, or in procuring a good peace, rather than in ripping open old sores, and continuing the heats and violences of parties. We came to no division—for we should have lost it by too many.
Thursday evening.
I had written all the former part of my letter, only reserving room to tell you, that they had carried the Secret Committee—but it is put off till next Tuesday. To-day we had nothing but the giving up the Heydon election, when Mr. Pulteney had an opportunity (as Mr. Chute and Mr. Kobinson8 would not take the trouble to defend a cause which they could not carry) to declaim upon corruption: had it come to a trial, there were eighteen witnesses ready to swear positive bribery against Mr. Pulteney. I would write to Mr. Chute, and thank him for his letter which you sent me, but I am so out of humour at his brother's losing his seat, that I cannot speak civilly even to him to-day.
It is said, that my Lord's Grace of Argyll has carried his
8 Luke Eobinson ; lie regained the seat in 1747,